Controversial Catholic Priest, Ejike Mbaka has landed in hot water after the Catholic Church on Tuesday condemned his shameful act of trying to extort money from politicians during a thanksgiving mass in Enugu.
Reacting to the video that has now gone viral, the Director of Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi has said that it is wrong for a priest to make political statements from the pulpit.
Mbaka, during a service on Sunday, December 2, 2018, declared that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will fail in 2019 for failure to donate to his ministry.
“God hates stinginess. I am not telling you this, to make you happy. This is what will save your life. Otherwise you and Atiku will fail,” he said.
“The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame.”
Reacting to the shocking show of shame from the cleric, Director of Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu said: “The diocese is not in support of any priest making political statements.
“The church is supposed to be apolitical and the Bishops’ conference has said that repeatedly.
“We are not supposed to make any political statements from the pulpit within the context of Mass, that is, church service.
“So, it would be wrong to stand at the pulpit to make any political statements.
“There is a document issued by the Bishops’ conference to that effect.
“So, he just spoke on his own, not representing the diocese.
“We are not expected to come out openly to support a particular candidate for any reason. The church law does not accept such a thing. So, it would be wrong for anybody (priest) to come out and give an endorsement to a particular candidate.”